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Mourinho sorry for poking new Barca boss Vilanova in the eye

The Real Madrid boss now accepts that eye-pokes on the sideline are not cool.

Jose Mourinho: clean slate.
Jose Mourinho: clean slate.
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JOSE MOURINHO HAS conceded he was wrong to poke Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova in the eye last season.

The incident happened during a touchline altercation in the Spanish Supercopa last season. Vilanova was then-assistant coach to Pep Guardiola and the confrontation happened in a tie which Los Merengues went on to lose 5-4 on aggregate.

Mourinho subsequently had a ban as punishment lifted. The outspoken Portuguese has since admitted he lost control of himself at that moment, but revealed there was no bad blood that existed any longer between the two of them.

“I should obviously not have done what I did,” Mourinho told Fox Sports while on tour with his club in the United States.  ”Nevertheless, there was a whole story behind that that made me lose a little control.

“The one who failed there was me, and I place plenty of emphasis these days on my players just to continue concentrating on games themselves and controlling their emotions.

“There lie no problems between Tito (Vilanova) and myself. We greeted each other normally in subsequent matches. Thankfully, the story is over and we must just hope to avoid such instances in the future.”

With his thoughts shifting to the season ahead, the 49-year-old was quick to state his objectives of building upon their La Liga triumph by eventually winning the Champions League.

“Last year, we were only eliminated on penalties in Europe. We’re close, and if we keep trying, one day it will happen.”

The Santiago Bernabeu side crashed out to eventual runners-up Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

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